Hitachi intros AMN6400 100-Gbps packet optical transport platform

OCTOBER 20, 2009 -- Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. (Hitachi-CTA) has announced the AMN6400, the company’s next-generation packet optical transport platform based on a 100-Gbps architecture. The AMN6400 Advanced Packet/Optical Transport Platform combines the functions of SONET, DWDM, and packet-based systems into a single platform to offer network operators a smooth transition from legacy circuit-switched networks to a packet-based environment.

OCTOBER 20, 2009 -- Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. (Hitachi-CTA) has announced the AMN6400, the company’s next-generation packet optical transport platform based on a 100-Gbps architecture. The AMN6400 Advanced Packet/Optical Transport Platform combines the functions of SONET, DWDM, and packet-based systems into a single platform to offer network operators a smooth transition from legacy circuit-switched networks to a packet-based environment. The system architecture provides expandable terabit-class multi-layer switching, according to Hitachi-CTA.

The AMN6400 packet optical transport platform includes optical layer ROADM/WSS and hybrid packet/OTN switching. The AMN6400 is designed to support metro applications such as services aggregation and translation, and long-haul functions such as OTN switching, advanced ULH optics, and MPLS-TP features in a single platform.

Hitachi-CTA says initial versions of the AMN6400 packet optical transport platform will be available for evaluation in late 2009, with commercial availability in the second quarter, 2010.

According to Dr. Scott Wilkinson, Hitachi vice president of product management and system engineering, “The goal of the AMN6400 product development effort is to enable a ‘leap frog’ effect, in which the basic system architecture is optimized for native 100G and higher operation. This makes the AMN6400 the most advanced transport and switching platform available. The system offers the flexibility not only to accommodate the ever-increasing bandwidth requirements being generated by a wide variety of applications at all levels of the network, but also offers improved operational capabilities through increased integration of multiple functions into a single, centrally managed packet-based platform.”

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